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Farmington named a Certified Business-Friendly community

FARMINGTON, Maine — The Town of Farmington has been “Certified Business-Friendly” by the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). The city is the 31st community to receive the designation in the state since 2012.

“The Town of Farmington is one of many communities across our great state leading by example,” said Gov. Paul R. LePage. “These business-friendly communities are partnering with the private sector and achieving business excellence through streamlined regulations and permitting processes.”

The “Certified Business-Friendly Community” program, administered by DECD, encourages Maine municipalities to take a critical look at all areas of their business attraction strategy and examine ways the community interacts with businesses to promote new private investment.

“Farmington and many other cities and town are helping Maine become more competitive and open for business,” said DECD Commissioner George Gervais.

A team of public and private economic development experts reviews each application to determine eligibility in the program. Some of the business-friendly characteristics that earned Farmington its “certified business-friendly” designation include:

• Establishment of a Revolving Loan Fund

• Utilization of local, state and federal programs to support infrastructure, businesses and downtown development

• Great collaboration with education partners (Mount Blue Learning Center and University of Maine – Farmington)

• Expedited licensing and permitting processes

The “Certified Business-Friendly Community” program began in 2012. Since then, Maine’s list of “Certified Business-Friendly” communities has grown to include: Auburn, Augusta, Bath, Belfast, Biddeford, Brewer, Bucksport, Caribou, Cumberland, Ellsworth, Fairfield, Farmington, Fort Kent, Guilford, Hermon, Kennebunk, Lewiston, Lincoln, Madison, Pittsfield, Poland, Presque Isle, Richmond, Saco, Sanford, Sherman, Southwest Harbor, Topsham, Van Buren, Wells and Westbrook.

Each community is awarded a certificate of achievement, two MaineDOT road signs and becomes a key part of Maine’s business attraction strategy.

Image courtesy of Farmington, Maine

Source: Maine DECD Press Release

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